Wendy Simmons won’t stop traveling until she visits every country in the world! Despite her hatred for packing, she’s managed to explore more than eighty-five so far—including territories and colonies—and chronicles her adventures on her blog, wendysimmons.com and on Huffington Post.

Her first book, “My Holiday in North Korea; The Funniest Worst Place on Earth” was published May 3, 2016 by RosettaBooks. Her writing has also been published in Travel & Leisure, PopSugar, OnMogul, MSN,Yahoo, and other outlets.

She has served as president of Vendeloo Inc., a New Orleans-based management, marketing, and communications consultancy she founded in 2001, which is focused on solving strategic business challenges for emerging and well-established companies.

An award-winning photographer, Wendy’s work has been the subject of solo and group shows in the U.S. and abroad, and has been regularly featured in media outlets worldwide. She has also owned a bar in Manhattan, worked for a lobbying firm on Capitol Hill, written a Japanese-language phrase book, and taught reading and math to the “smart kids” at a private school.

She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from George Washington University with a B.A. in Political Science and focus on Asian Studies and Japanese. Though her Japanese is now terrible, Wendy’s Pig Latin is flourishing.

Wendy practices Muay Thai daily, relishes all adventures, and is addicted to renovating. After 25 years in New York City, she now calls New Orleans’ Garden District home, where she lives in Warwick Manor, a converted 1800s pink mansion that once served as a private school for children of the affluent. It’s currently being renovated.

Wendy can be reached via email at wendy@vendeloo.com.
For more information on her book, visit myholidayinnorthkorea.com
To date, Wendy has traveled to the following countries, territories, colonies, and dependencies. Those marked with an asterisk, she has traveled to two or more times:

Antigua & Barbuda
Argentina*
Aruba
Australia
Austria
Bahamas*
Belize*
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bonaire
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brazil*
British Virgin Islands*
Canada*
Chad
Chile (incl. Easter Island)
China*
Colombia
Congo, Democratic Republic of
Congo, Republic of
Costa Rica
Croatia
Curacao
Czech Republic
Ecuador and The Galapagos
Egypt
England (United Kingdom)*
Ethiopia
France*
Greece
Grenada
Guadeloupe
Guatemala
Hong Kong (China)*
Hungary
India*
Indonesia
Ireland
Israel*
Italy*
Japan*
Jordan
Kenya
Korea, North
Korea, South*
Leeward Islands*
Martinique
Mexico*
Moldova
Monaco
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
Namibia
Netherlands
Netherland Antilles


Nicaragua
Norway
Palestine
Panama
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico*
Romania
Russia
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Martin
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Scotland (United Kingdom)
Sierra Leone
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa*
Sri Lanka
Spain*
Tanzania
Thailand
Transnistria
Tunisia
Turkey
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United States
Uruguay
Vatican City
Venezuela
Virgin Islands, British*
Virgin Islands, US*

*Stopovers in Ghana, Guinea, Liberia